The date and occasion of this distant view of Paris as seen from Saint-Cloud are not known. However, Turner specialist Ian Warrell has speculated that it may record an otherwise undocumented expedition to the site from Paris during the 1826 tour.1 See the Introduction to this section for a list of comparable studies of this site.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, p.28.
The sheet bears a horizontal crease across the centre where it has been folded in half. The pencil sketches are all above the crease line. There are brown stains along the crease and down the right-hand edge of the sheet.
See entry for Tate D20541 (Turner Bequest CCXXIV 227).